By Kevin Braysher
Both the Bears Mal Meninga Cup and Hastings Deering Colts sides remain undefeated after picking up wins against the Jets on Saturday.
The Meninga Cup side got things underway with a narrow 16-14 win. Both sides crossed for three tries, with the goal kicking of Ryan Garner enough to get the Bears home.
After coming back from a huge margin to secure a draw last week, coach Roy Leoni was impressed with the mental application on display in the tight win.
“The boys mentally were up for the challenge today and at 16-4 with ten minutes to go its never quite in the bag, as people would have seen. Two tries by them and it was down to the death,” he said.
“I give credit to the kids for being so young and they’ve never played against a team like that. To mentally stay in a game like that for 70 minutes is credit to them, so I take my hat off to them.”
While the 18s managed to hold on for a tight win, the Colts were never in doubt as they ran up a big score. They crossed for seven tries in what was eventually a 42-6 victory.
Kai O’Donnell scored a double while Jayden Campbell was perfect with the boot in difficult conditions.
Coach Jamie Mahon and his troops will now turn their attention to a big rivalry round clash with the Tweed Seagulls next week.
“I know Jamie Mahon will work hard with them during the week to get things a little bit better ahead of Tweed next week,” Leoni said.
“They’ll be happy with the win, they’ll take a lot of confidence out of it and they’ll move forward to next week.”
Hastings Deering Colts
Burleigh Bears 42 (Kai O’Donnell 2, Mikey Williams, Tyler Szepanowski, Shallin Fuller, Allan Lockwood, Jaxson Paulo tries Jayden Campbell 7 goals) def Ipswich Jets 6
Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup
Burleigh Bears 16 (Damon Somerville, William Evans, Tyler Mahon tries Ryan Garner 2 goals) def Ipswich Jets 14 f